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Venus Express is undergoing its last major system test, during which the Venus Mission Operations Centre in Darmstadt remotely commands the spacecraft in Baikonur.
Published: 30 August 2005
Preparations for the testing of the Payload Module in the Large Solar Simulator are continuing. The PLM will eventually house all the instruments and the cryogenic tank for cooling the detector plane to a few Kelvin.
Published: 29 August 2005
The past week has seen the beginning of the IST-3. The payload has been tested and confirmed to be in good condition after the shipment to the launch site earlier this month. The remainder of the satellite will now be tested to ensure its readiness for launch. The pace of activities is well measured and the launch teams are working steadily towards their goal of the October 26 launch.
Published: 22 August 2005
The next stage in the development of the Herschel mission, the testing of the payload module, has begun.
Published: 17 August 2005
During the launch campaign the Venus Express satellite undergoes a serious of last technical verifications leading up to launch. The first of these verifications has just been completed. The test confirms that the Combined Propulsion System is leak tight and ready to receive the 570 kg fuel load at a later date in the campaign. The tests were performed successfully by the CPS manufacturer's team of ASTRIUM UK.
Published: 16 August 2005
Venus Express has begun the final steps of its journey. Last weekend the Venus Express spacecraft was loaded onto a Antonov An-124 at Toulouse airport, France and flown to Baikonur, Kazakstan, for final preparations and launch.
Published: 10 August 2005
Venus Express has passed a major milestone with the successful completion of the Flight Acceptance Review. Preparations are now underway to ship the spacecraft to Baikonur in early August.
Published: 4 July 2005
Communication with Rosetta
Published: 5 March 2004
The Rosetta spacecraft is heading out into the Solar System on its 10 year journey to comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko following a successful launch and insertion manoeuvre.
Published: 2 March 2004
Arianespace have announced that the repairs to Ariane 5 have been completed and the launch countdown has resumed. Rosetta is now scheduled for launch at 07:16UT (08:16 CET) on 2 March 2004.
Published: 1 March 2004
Briefing on Launch Status
Published: 1 March 2004
The Arianespace Flight 158, with the Rosetta spacecraft on board, has been delayed for technical reasons. A piece of foam became detached from the main stage and a minor repair is necessary. Resumption of the countdown is planned for the beginning of next week.
Published: 27 February 2004
The launch of the Rosetta has been delayed for 24 hours due to poor weather at the launch site. Strong high altitude winds have forced controllers to postpone the launch until the same time tomorrow - 07:36 UT, 27 February 2004.
Published: 26 February 2004
Rosetta is now hours away from the start of its 10 year voyage to the comet 67/P Churyumov- Gerasimenko. On the afternoon of 24 February the Ariane 5 rocket rolled out to the launch platform ready for luanch at 07:36:49 UT 26 February 2004.
Published: 25 February 2004
Additional Pictures of Last Week's Activities
Published: 23 February 2004
Rosetta Connected to its Launcher
Published: 17 February 2004
Power Supply Rack Installation
Published: 13 February 2004
Rosetta integrated with launcher interfaces
Published: 12 February 2004
Yesterday the Ariane 5 spacecraft, minus its payload, was moved from the BIL (Batiment d'Integration des Lanceurs) to BAF (Batiment d'Assemblage Final).
Published: 11 February 2004
January 2004 saw the completion of the on-ground check-out activities of the Rosetta Lander at CSG, Kourou, French Guiana.
Published: 10 February 2004
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